JoomlaDay Detroit Announced to the Meetup group
During our regular Joomla User Group (JUG) meeting on July 25, 2014, I made the announcement that we were considering going ahead with JoomlaDay again. The response was warm, but I'm worried that people don't know just how much goes into a JoomlaDay. In our group, I'm the only one who's ever been to a JDay, and so I'm unsure what the rest of the group thinks about what goes into an event such as this.
In order to get the message across as best as I could, I sent out an email that just outlined the beginning of my thoughts. I threw this out there for feedback and ideas from the group. Below, is the sanitized email in case you're looking to start a JoomlaDay, and need to get your JUG on board.
View/copy the sample email below on Google Docs
This email is just a culmination of the thoughts that are swimming around in my head concerning the organization of the first JoomlaDay Detroit in either late 2015 or early 2016.
What is a Joomladay?
One way in which Joomla! raises awareness for Open Source software and increases their community is through larger annual events called “Joomla! Days.” These Joomla! days are typically a one or two day weekend event focused on Joomla! users, developers, site owners and other interested parties and usually draws a substantial regional audience. In 2012 alone there were over 200 Joomla! Day events around the world. These events are generally very well attended and include focuses on a wide variety of topics including Joomla!, Open Source software, small business growth and development, Web technologies, as well as other business topics.
In order for this Joomla day to run successfully, we are all a part of a general group responsible for planning and making sure things work.
Includes everyone - this is a general discussion group that assures that responsibilities are met and that tasks get done.
Below is a list of all the moving parts (that I can think of right now) to creating a successful JoomlaDay event:
Venue - we need to secure a venue in order to dictate when we can hold the event. Ideally, we are looking for (Date here) or (Date here)
Sponsors - In order to fund the event, we need many different sponsors, and each for different things and/or sponsor levels - we will also have to work on a sponsor appreciation night. This may include going to a Lion’s game or really nice dinner.
Marketing - No one will know about it if we don’t market. We need to push the event out to social media and live audiences
Promotional - Sponsors will want to promote their products and services, and one way that is accomplished is in attendee “Grab Bags”. We need to ensure that all sponsors are represented in each grab bag.
Food and Beverage - We are responsible for food and drink. With some venues, the food and drink can be purchased as a part of the package, but with other venues we may have to cater in.
Technical needs - most venues have wi-fi, but we also will need projectors for each room, if not provided and screens.
Speaker talk applications - group that reviews the speaker talks and determines which track the talk belongs in and moves to track scheduling for times.
Track Scheduling - ensure that all the speakers slots are filled and presenters know when they’re presenting
Entertainment - Will we have entertainment (DJ, Live Performance) during lunch, dinner or after?
Video Recording - All speaker tracks will need to be recorded and published to the web.
Registration - we will need to handle registration from all attendees
Volunteers - that will handle setup, take down, registering guests on the day of, passing out grab bags, etc…
I’m sure that there’s a ton of other things to consider, but we can at least get the ball rolling on what’s here.
Where we’re at now…
This is the planning stage. Although I’ve already started talking to a few venues that potentially could sponsor the event, nothing is set in stone. We don’t have a time or date set, and that’s going to be dictated more by our venue’s availability than anything else.
Location #1 - Description and where you're at with venue negotiations.
Location #2, etc... - Description and where you're at with venue negotiations.
Logo Design -Do you have a logo in mind?
Event Planning - Who will be assisting on the General planning team?
Folks, We have a long way to go, but this will be a fun ride for who ever would like to come aboard! While we can’t make any promises, we will tell you it will be an experience like no other! During the planning for our JoomlaDay next year, try to make it to one yourself to experience what really goes into it. For a current list of Joomladays around the US and world, hop on over to http://events.joomla.org/ for a listing of upcoming events.